Determined to satisfy his dog’s sweet tooth, owners of the Chicago Park La Brea Ranch and the Mission Park Dogs in Motion Pizza franchise decided to bring their pizza to life.
Make a cheesecake for a dog and to show their support for the cause.
The pizzas were created in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, which was able to purchase the dogs and adopt them.
Park La Breta owner Jeff Rader was inspired to create the pizzas after witnessing how his family was raised by dogs.
He says his family members were always given treats for their dogs.
“You could tell their personalities were there,” said Rader.
“We always knew our dogs were special and we knew our family members couldn’t live a normal life without them.”
To bring his family and the dogs together, Rader created a cheesecakes for his family.
To the outside world, the pizzak was a toy or an object, but to the family behind it, the pizza is their life.
“I can’t tell you how many times, when I see the pizza, I’m just like, ‘Oh my God,'” said Ramer.
“It’s so simple.
It’s not complicated.
It really is.”
The pizzak is made of soft-serve dough and topped with soft fruit such as pineapple, bananas and cherries.
“For me, it was about taking what I knew about dogs and making it a bit more human and more like my own family,” said Josh Lea, owner of Park La Bresa.
“To be able to bring my dogs into the world is so amazing.
And to share this with all of our customers is so heartwarming.”
Lea says he and his wife, Stephanie, and their six dogs are proud of the pizzafreaking effort.
“They all loved the pizza and the cheese.
It was just a great way to have something to share with our customers.”
The pizza is sold at Mission Park, which is located in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.
Mission Park has a large dog population, with some of the dogs being as young as five years old.
The restaurant is also a hot spot for dogs, and a popular destination for those with dogs to play with.
“The dogs are so happy to see that the dogs are coming in to play, and to have the pizzapas in the restaurant and to get a chance to be able have a dog-friendly pizza,” said Lea.
Mission Parks owner Scott Pendergast says the pizzacakes are a great tribute to the Park La Brasas dogs and to the many dogs that are still lost in the Chicago area.
“When I first got the call from the Humane Service, I was like, wow, I didn’t know that Park La Bellea had a canine community.
That’s pretty special.
It shows how important the dogs really are to the community,” said Penderga.
Mission’s owner, Lisa Cavanaugh, says she’s proud of her team for bringing the pizza to the table.
“What a great, great response.
The response from our customers has been phenomenal,” said Cavanaugh.
“Every single one of our patrons has been so positive.
We’re happy to be a part of it.”
Park La La Breas owners say the pizza has been a huge hit with customers.
“My daughter said it was the best pizza she had in years, and I told her, ‘Thank you.
It is amazing,'” said Leas.
“Our goal is to get our pizza into the Mission park and onto Mission Dog Day.
They’re going to be all excited to see it.
It will be amazing.”
The Park La brea pizzas are being sold at all of the restaurants and will be available for purchase on Sunday, June 30.